Josh Donaldson thought he hit a home run for the New York Yankees against the Cleveland Guardians in ALDS Game 1, only for the ball to hit the top of the wall and get back in play.
New York’s third baseman was eventually substituted after he ran past first base in the fifth inning in what he initially thought was a home run walk.
With the score at 1-1, the Guardians’ Oscar Gonzalez took the ball and threw it straight at Andres Gimenez, the player who first knocked Donaldson out.
The bizarre chain of events was certainly a rarity in modern games. Officials reviewed the game before ticking off the home run and confirmed Donaldson was out.
Isiah Kiner-Falefa then followed by hitting a three in the right corner of the field. Catcher Jose Trevino’s sacrificial fly put the team’s shortstop on the scoreboard and the home crown erupted as New York took a 2-1 lead.
Despite this, Yankees fans took to Twitter to discuss Donaldson’s near-home run, with some blaming fans at Yankees Stadium for not catching the ball.
“If the Yankees had better fielding fans, Donaldson would have had a double,” responded one user.
“Josh Donaldson pimped a single and paid the price,” joked the Barstool Sports social media account.
“Josh Donaldson, a man who probably got very angry with players who didn’t make it, didn’t make it,” another fan pointed out in his tweet.
“Only Josh Donaldson could make the whole stadium think he hit a home run and kicked it out two seconds later,” said one amused user.
“Josh Donaldson is the husband who says he did the dishes but didn’t even push the start button on the dishwasher,” joked another person.
‘Josh Donaldson went into his home run trot on a ball that stayed in play. After verification, the call is confirmed on the field and he’s out at first base,” Yankees reporter Bryan Hoch tweeted for MLB.com.
“Donaldson leads the league in pimping balls that didn’t go over the wall,” wrote another user in a sarcastic tweet.
The 36-year-old former baseman for the Oakland Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays, Cleveland Guardians, Atlanta Braves and Minnesota Twins has 15 home runs this season with a .222 batting average.
He also registered 59 carries, 106 hits and 62 RBI in 132 games played that year.
Despite Donaldson’s failed attempt, the Yankees managed to secure a 4-1 victory over the Guardians and win the first game of the series from home runs by Harrison Bader and Anthony Rizzo.